The more I plunder the Etsy marketplace, the more bizarre and and wonderful the little hand-crafted treasures become. I've been so delighted with the variety and creativity of the little notions I've found, Anthropologie and Urban Outfitters seem to hold my interest less and less.
Ichabod Crane and Lady Gaga would be terribly pleased at my latest find....
I'm assuming you know where this is going. But in case it isn't clear enough, remember the Alejandro video?
I. Cannot. Wait. Until. Lenscrafters. Catches. On. Say hello to the new hipster. The anti-hipster. The "I-genuinely-don't-give-a-rat's-ass", baditude.
Ray-bans are cool and everything, but they have prudish appeal at best compared to these bizarre and beautiful optical contraptions by Mann & Co.While Mann & Co advertises these as "Steampunk", I say wear them with your wholesome 1940's picnic clothes. On your bicycle. With something like these...
The Moody Bohemian Biker
|Blackened Brass & Black Leather with Gears, $200|
Altuzarra, Fall 2012
The Optimistic Bohemian
At a Weekend Soiree?
|Solid Brass & Brown Leather, $170|
Givenchy, Fall 2012
And Closeted Style Kook
|Leather & Brass, $140|
Gucci, Fall 2012
They've got the old-world, Victorian nerd appeal of Ichabod, and the striking shock appeal of Gaga. All expertly hand crafted, using delicious leather and elegant metals.
And if the price seems rather steep, remind yourself that all you need to justify the practicality of these little babies is a motorcycle, a chemistry lab, or a welding kit. Yeah. Switch the lenses out for all your different eyeball risking activities. These things are deceptively functional.